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The Ultimate End-of-Semester College Checklist

30

Mar 2022

The Ultimate End-of-Semester College Checklist

The spring semester is coming to a close and a fun filled summer is right around the corner, but before you start planning your first beach trip, you need to be prepared to move out of your dorm room or apartment. With final exams and research papers taking priority right now, it’s easy to forget about everything that goes into a smooth dorm room transition. Take a look at our handy checklist below of things you can do one month out, one week out and on the big day to make it an easy process.

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Back up your computer hard drive in order to keep a semester’s worth of projects safe.

A Month Out:

  • Make sure you (or your student) have confirmed their travel plans once classes have wrapped up. This includes booking any flights or planning driving routes well in advance of the big day.
  • Remind your student to keep an eye out for emails from professors or administrators to make sure they don’t miss any important notices or steps that need to be taken to wrap up the year.
  • Set aside and pack any important documents or assignments you want to have available for future use. Consider backing up your laptop or hard drive to keep a semester’s worth of work protected.
  • Consider booking a storage unit ahead of time for your summer storage needs. The closer you get to the end of the semester, the fewer choices you’ll have (and prices WILL go up).
Start packing winter clothes and jackets you won’t need at least a week early.

A Week Out:

  • Start going through clothes and dorm room items early. Set aside things you no longer need or want and find a nearby non-profit or donation event you can take them to.
  • Pack heavy coats and winter clothing you won’t be wearing away early. Set aside minimal toiletries you will need over the next week and clean out your bathroom.
  • Clean out your fridge and pantry and donate/discard any food items you don’t plan to eat in the next week.
  • Set aside any textbooks you no longer need and look into your options for selling them either at your campus bookstore or an online retailer like amazon.
  • Need help on moving day? Coordinate ahead of time with friends/roommates to work together
Make sure you have a few sharpies with you on moving day to label all your boxes.

Moving Day:

  • Have some water and snacks on hand to keep everyone hydrated and happy throughout the day.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and be prepared to get a little dirty and dusty.
  • Have plenty of trash bags on hand not only for trash, but for transporting things like comforters, sheets, and pillows.
  • Make sure to have a sharpie on hand to label boxes and make unloading and organizing easier.
  • Pack some patience! It’s going to be a long day and everything will most likely NOT go according to plan, but just remember that you’ll get through it and the summer is finally here!

A little prep work now can go a long way to making your move-out a painless and easy experience. Then you can worry less about where you’re going to store your stuff and more time planning the best summer ever.


Learn tips and tricks to make moving out of your college dorm easier.

16

Mar 2022

College Life Hacks: Moving Out for the Summer

Moving out of your dorm room is a lot less exciting than move-in day, but it’s still a part of the annual college experience. Whether you’re a freshman wrapping up an eventful first year on campus, or a senior finishing up your college career, these expert tips can make this end of semester process as smooth and easy as possible.

Plastic trash bags can be a versatile tool on moving day.

1. (Trash) Bags Are Your Friend

Inevitably, you will end up with more trash than you expect during the move-out process. That’s why it’s important to bring a full box of trash bags when packing and moving. Black trash bags are also an inexpensive way to quickly pack lightweight items like linens, bedding, towels, and clothes. They can be easily thrown in the truck of your car or moving van and can be discarded once you are done using them.

Pro Tip: You can also utilize white trash bags with drawstrings to protect more delicate clothing you want to keep on hangers. Just pull them up over your hanger and tighten the drawstring before moving your clothes out of the closet.

Many campuses offer recycling events at the end of the year for clothing and smaller items.

2. Reduce & Recycle

Before you start packing up everything in your room, take a few minutes to see if you actually need to keep all of your stuff. You can reduce the number of boxes you have to move by setting aside items you no longer need. Many colleges like the University of Florida host Recycling Drives at the end of the semester where you can drop off unwanted items like clothes, linens, and small electronics on campus

Renting a storage unit early can actually save you money in the long run thanks to lower rates.

3. Book Storage Space Now

It may sound counter intuitive, but you could actually SAVE money by reserving a storage unit a month or two early. Even if you don’t plan to use your storage space before the end of the semester, you could end up saving in the long run.

Here’s How: The closer you get to the end of the school year, the more students will be searching for summer storage. Thanks to the law of supply and demand, prices will inevitably go up as fewer units are available and if you wait until the last minute, you could get stuck paying a premium every month. By booking a storage unit early, you can lock in lower rates now, plus you can take advantage of rent specials available today, that won’t be offered later on.

You don’t have to wait until the last minute to start cleaning your dorm room.

4. Don’t Wait to Clean

There’s already enough to do on moving day without having to worry about dusting blinds. Spend time in the weeks leading up to your move-out date sweeping, dusting, and mopping your dorm room. Don’t forget to clean out the inside of appliances like your refrigerator, microwave, and coffee pot as they can develop plenty of build up over time.

Pro Tip: Some colleges will charge fines to students who leave dirty dorm rooms at the end of the semester so be sure to check on the specific rules on your campus.


With a little planning and effort, your summer move-out experience can be a quick and painless process. Plus you can always stop by one of our six Gainesville locations to reserve storage space, rent a moving truck, and pick up packing supplies any time.


Learn 5 Easy Summer Storage Tips to Help College Students

29

Mar 2021

5 Summer Storage Tips For College Students

Between social distancing and virtual classes, it’s been a very unusual year for college students. As the spring semester comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about how and where to store your belongings over summer break. The good news is that with a little planning, summer storage can be much easier than final exams, and simple enough to leave extra time to safely celebrate the end of the semester.

1. Start Early

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Most busy college students don’t have a whole day to devote to packing. Plan to start a week or two in advance of moving day. A good place to begin is with out-of-season clothes that you won’t need anytime soon, like coats and sweaters. Continue to spend a little bit of time each day going through your belongings and packing them in labeled boxes. For the final few days before summer vacation, keep out only what you will need. Think of it like packing for a weekend trip, only you are packing everything but tomorrow’s outfit, a toothbrush, bedding, and other essentials.

Pro Tip: Be sure to use sturdy moving boxes that will last during the summer months when packing your belongings. We have a variety of boxes and packing supplies for sale at all of our storage locations.

2. Keep Only What You Need

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As you pack your belongings, don’t just shove everything into a box. Go through items and ask yourself: Is this something I’ve used in the past six months? While you may want to keep some textbooks, consider selling those you won’t need again to earn extra cash. Unwanted clothes or dorm decor can also be donated to a local charity like Goodwill Industries.

Pro Tip: Barnes & Noble offers a textbook buyback program online. You can check the value of your books here.

3. Don’t Forget Your Favorite Things

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It’s a terrible feeling to arrive home for the summer and begin searching for your favorite video game or comfy pillow only to realize that you left it packed up with your things in a storage facility nine states away. To avoid this, spend some time thinking about your summer plans, and what you will need to take home with you. From hair dryers to bathing suits, make sure you don’t leave anything important behind.

4. Work Together

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Don’t have much stuff? Instead of filling up half of a storage unit, consider sharing one with another person you trust to save on costs. You should also consider renting a small truck or moving van to cut down on the number of trips you’ll need to take.

Pro Tip: Renting a moving truck and storage unit at the same location saves you time during pickup and drop off. Personal Mini Storage offers U-Haul truck rentals on site at all of our locations.

5. Choose Wisely

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Make sure you choose a self storage facility that offers plenty of features. Look for facilities that offer comprehensive security measures, strategies to control pests that could damage your belongings and generous access hours to your unit.

Pro Tip: National trade associations, such as the U.S. Trade Association’s Self Storage Association can be a useful source of information for first-time renters. Learn more about how to pack your unit strategically here.

While packing up and storing your dorm room belongings for the summer may not be the most fun part of college, with a clear plan, it can be quick and easy experience.


Need storage near campus? We have storage facilities across Florida including locations close to the University of Florida, UCF, Stetson University, Florida Institute of Technology and more. Visit our website for unit sizes and rates on storage units near you.


12 Clever Dorm Room Hacks For This School Year

27

Jul 2018

12 Clever Dorm Room Hacks For This School Year

With summer quickly winding down, the new school semester will be here before you know it. Whether you’re an incoming freshman gearing up for their first year of college, or a returning student, keeping your dorm room or apartment organized and tidy is vital to help keep you sane during the busy school year. Here’s 12 dorm room hacks for this school year.

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User Binder Clips To Organize Cords

Take some extra binder clips and clip them on the end of your desk space. Once you label them, you can easily identify what cord belongs to what.

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Raise Your Bed

When you move into your dorm, gain extra storage space by raising your bed (if it isn’t already!). This way, you can place storage bins underneath, or even move your desk below the bed to make the rest of your space more roomy. Check out 5 space-saving tips for your dorm that you can utilize.

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Decorate Mason Jars For Extra Storage

Paint and design inexpensive mason jars before the school year to bring with you. These jars are the perfect way to add some extra storage for school supplies, makeup brushes, toothbrushes and other small items you have.

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Purchase A Plastic Shoe Organizer

Plastic shoe organizers are cheap and simply go over a door. Dorm rooms and college apartments are typically super small, so any extra space you can create is a bonus. You can store anything from snacks, to shoes, to cleaning supplies.

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Hang Curtains For Privacy

Most of the time, you’re sharing a room or place with another person or a few people. Look into buying a curtain to hang in between you and your roommates area to divide the space. You can also hang a curtain over your closet or around your bed to give yourself more privacy.

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Add Pops Of Color With Washi Tape

If you haven’t used Washi tape yet – get ready to love it! Washi tape comes in thousands of different colors and patterns and can help brighten up your dorm. Easily stick the tape on keyboards, desks, clothespins, etc. to make your space fun and colorful.

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Stay Organized With A DIY Corkboard Calendar

Corkboard is cheap and easy to design to your liking. Turn a large or small corkboard into a calendar to keep yourself organized. Pin up your class schedule, school activities, trips and anything else you don’t want to forget up so you’re reminded of these every time you’re in your room.

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Hide Metal Tins For Secret Storage

If you have items you need to keep safe, like keys, bank cards or cash, use metal candy tins to hide these items and place away in a drawer. No one will suspect anything important is in a tin like that!

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Keep Clothes Off The Floor With A Hanging Hamper

Instead of having a clothes hamper taking up room on the floor, install a coat hook or plastic command hook onto the back of a closet or bathroom door. Hang a hamper and voila!- your dirty clothes will be out of the way!

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Use Soda Tabs To Create More Closet Space

Dorm closets are extremely tiny – so you need all the space you can get. Hook soda tabs onto a clothes hanger, and hook additional hangers through the tabs. Now you can have multiple clothes items off one hanger and can create more room for other clothes.

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Make Your Room Smell Fresh and Clean

No candles or sprays? No problem! Place a dryer sheet over your AC unit or in an air vent to get that fresh scent to spread throughout your whole dorm room.

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Create Your Own Wall Artwork

There’s no need to live in a bland dorm space. Pictures and other decor can get pricey, so create some of your own wall art before you head off for the school year! Hang up cheap string lights, paint your own canvas piece, hang up Polaroid pictures on string or place cute quote prints in a cheap dollar store frame.

 

 


10 Dorm Essentials That Save on Space

07

Aug 2014

10 Dorm Essentials That Save on Space

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Before you move into your college dorm, you should think about how you’re going to store all your stuff in that tiny room. Since you probably have to share the space with someone else, it can be a challenge to fit in all your clothes, shoes, decorative items, school supplies, and other necessities. But these dorm essentials will solve (more…)


Store Your Stuff: The College Student’s Guide to Summer Storage

20

Mar 2014

Store Your Stuff: The College Student’s Guide to Summer Storage

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Between end-of-semester finals and celebratory social events, no college student wants to spend the last week of the school year stressing about storing their belongings over the summer. While some in-state students are lucky enough to be able to haul the contents of their dorm room home with them in a car, transitioning from spring semester to summer break requires more planning for others. Students who fly home can only take what they can carry in their suitcase, and some do not have enough space to carry everything in the car at once. The good news is (more…)